John Patrick

Host / Music Director

I was born and raised in Peru, Indiana, along with musician Cole Porter and basketball player Kyle Macy, but not at the same time. They were a bit older. Cole’s niece was in love with me in the 1st grade. Little did I know, she was one of the heirs to his publishing fortune, or I might have shown more interest. Hind sight is 20/20, especially in the 1st grade.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school and today I’m still not sure. I started in radio in Peru, right out of high school in 1983. I spent most of the late '80s and early '90s in the world’s greatest college town, Bloomington, Indiana, which has an incredible local music scene. I was Music Director at WTTS during this time, back when they were a great new Triple A station.

I’ve done just about every job in radio, even Sales and Management, which are ok, but being able to play great music every day is best. I think it’s safe to say that no one has had more luck or more fun than me.

There’s always more than one great song on a album!

Thanks for listening to WNKU.


1:42 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Brett Dennen at WNKU "back in the day"

Just dug this one out of the vault.  Brett Dennen stopped by to visit back in 2007 and Bob the Engineer shot this video.  This was back before we got all fancy with jib cameras and what not.  Enjoy!

April CD of the Month
11:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

The CD of the Month for April is Alabama Shake's Boys & Girls.


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SXSW Update
11:58 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Update from SXSW

Walk the Moon signing the WNKU Wall of Fame

Cincinnati's Walk The Moon, have been all the rage AGAIN this year at SXSW in Austin.  Just such a fun band, playing for standing room only crowds in Austin.  Their RCA debut should be out by June and will be a future CD of the month at WNKU.

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SXSW Update
10:30 am
Thu March 15, 2012

John Patrick checks in from SXSW

SXSW has been busy like always, just incredible world class music everywhere you go.  Ruthie Foster was amazing and I hope that people really get out to see her "family band" which is her cousin and a friend, that round out a KILLER power trio. 

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Your Favorites
2:27 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Top 89 0f 2011

The list is in!  It's the Top 89 CD's of 2011 as voted on by our listeners.  Let the debate begin.  Feel free to leave your comments below, but please keep it kind and remember, this list was decided on by those who voted.  So, if you didn't vote, you can't complain!  Thanks to those who did vote, however, and thanks to everyone who tuned in and supported WNKU in 2011.

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In the Studio
4:48 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Todd Snider in the Studio

Todd Snider visits with John Patrick the same day as John Hiatt.  Todd performed at the Southgate House later that night.

In the Studio
4:43 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

John Hiatt in the Studio

John Hiatt stops by the WNKU studios to chat with John Patrick prior to his concert at the Taft Theater with Big Head Todd & The Monsters.

In the Studio
12:00 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Mason Jennings In The Studio

Mason Jennings visits John Patrick at WNKU on September 29, 2011.

In the Studio
12:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Tommy Emmanuel and Anthony Castro In The Studio

Tommy Emmanuel and Anthony Castro drop by WNKU studio and visit with John Patrick before their show at the Aronoff Center on September 23, 2011.